Ceremonial Speeches

What to say at those special occasions.

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Ceremonial speeches mark special occasions - and if the speech is good, it will add to the occasion. First we'll talk about a few general guidelines, then discuss some specific types of speeches for special occasions: graduation speeches, retirement speeches, eulogies, speeches of introduction, award presentation speeches, and award acceptance speeches.


  • Emphasize unity. Help audience members identify with each other, considering everyone as part of the whole. Focus on shared sentiments.
  • Show significance. Ceremonial speeches are given at special occasions, and that specialness should be emphasized. Discuss what is happening and why, and how it can make a difference in the lives of the audience.
  • Consider attitudes and expectations. Are you giving an award, for example? Consider the person receiving it. If they're rather somber, don't go overboard on the humor. On the other hand, if they're more jovial, be certain to have some fun!

Specific Speech Types

Click on the links for more information about each type of speech. If you would rather save time by buying a professionally written speech, check out my review of Occasional Words.

  • Graduation speeches. It's finally over. Here's a free outline and speech to help you overcome that one last hurdle.
  • Retirement speeches. Ok, now it's finally over. Here's a free outline and speech for your retirement party.
  • Eulogies. At this emotionally heavy time, the things you say can make memories worth keeping.
  • Introduction speech. It's a brief introduction - what do you say?
  • Award presentation speech. You're giving someone an award. How to you best commemorate the occasion?
  • Award acceptance speech. You've just received an award. What do you say? How do you communicate gratitude and thanks while avoiding arrogance?

Happy speaking!

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